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July 14, 2015

Exodus 2:23-25

23 Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. 24 So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25 And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them.

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In my study this morning I wanted to share a passage from a commentary I read regarding this passage of scripture. The commentary is from the late Dr. J. Vernon McGee.

Dr. McGee poses some very sharp thoughts and comments towards the condition of the human being. These are all directly in line with scripture. However they are very contradictory to our culture, society and very humanistic ideology of today.

So my hope is to share this with you, to challenge you, and to stir up your thought process especially if you are offended by his words.

Cited from pg 208 of Thru the Bible Vol. 1 Commentary.

God gives two reasons for delivering Israel:

1. He heard their groanings.

2. He remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

God’s love provided a Savior. God so loved us that He gave His only begotten Son, John 3:16 tells us. However, it was not His love that saved us; it was His grace. We are saved without a cause by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

Many people believe God saw something in them worthy of salvation. They believe God saved them as sinners, but it was because He saw what lovely people they would become. May I say that this idea is entirely erroneous. We will never become lovely. Each of us has the old nature in which no good dwells. In Romans 7:18 Paul says, “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing….”It is a shoe that really pinches to be told that there is no good in man at all. There never has been and never will be anything good in us. This is why we cannot produce anything good. This is why God gives us a new nature when we are saved, and why the old nature eventually must be destroyed.

God saw no good in Israel. But He heard Israel’s cry in bondage and redeemed them. God saw our desperate condition and saved us. God had a plan, but He did not ask the human race what they thought about it. God did not say, “This is my plan for your salvation. If it pleases you, I will go through with it. “No sir! God the Father so loved the world that He sen His Son to die for the sins of the world. The Son agreed to come, and the Father agreed to save anyone who trusted Jesus Christ for salvation. god says to us, “This is the salvation I offer you. Take it or leave it.” He wants us to take it but leaves the choice up to each individual.

 

Grace and Peace

 

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